Names Starting with N

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NELAfCroatian, Slovak, Portuguese, Czech
Short form of names ending in nela, such as ANTONELA.
NELDAfEnglish
Possibly an elaboration of NELL using the popular name suffix da.
NELEfGerman, Dutch
Diminutive of CORNELIA.
NÉLIDAfLiterature, Spanish
Created by French author Marie d'Agoult for her semi-autobiographical novel 'Nélida' (1846), written under the name Daniel Stern. It was probably an anagram of her pen name DANIEL.
NELINHAfPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of MANUELA.
NELINHOmPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of MANUEL.
NELLfEnglish
Medieval diminutive of names beginning with El, such as ELEANOR, ELLEN (1) or HELEN. It may have arisen from the medieval affectionate phrase mine El, which was later reinterpreted as my Nel.
NELLAfItalian
Short form of ANTONELLA.
NELLEfEnglish
Variant of NELL.
NELLIEfEnglish
Diminutive of NELL.
NELLYfEnglish
Diminutive of NELL.
NELSmDanish
Danish variant of NILS.
NELSONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of NEIL". It was originally given in honour of the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). His most famous battle was the Battle of Trafalgar, in which he destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, but was himself killed. Another notable bearer was the South African statesman Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). Mandela's birth name was Rolihlahla; as a child he was given the English name Nelson by a teacher.
NELUmRomanian
Romanian diminutive of ION (1).
NEMANJAmSerbian
Possibly from Slavic ne maniti meaning "not deceiving, not luring, not attracting". Another theory states that it means "without possessions", derived from Serbo-Croatian nemati meaning "have not". This was the name of a 12th-century Serbian king, and the name of the dynasty he began.
NEMESISfGreek Mythology
Means "distribution of what is due, righteous anger" in Greek. In Greek mythology Nemesis was personification of vengeance and justice.
NEMOmLiterature
Means "nobody" in Latin. This was the name used by author Jules Verne for the captain of the Nautilus in his novel 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' (1870). It was later used for the title character (a fish) in the 2003 animated movie 'Finding Nemo'.
NENAfEnglish
Variant of NINA (1).
NENADmSerbian, Croatian
Means "unexpected" in Serbian and Croatian. In the Serbian folk song 'Predrag and Nenad' this is the name of Predrag's brother.
NENOmSerbian, Croatian
Diminutive of NENAD.
NENSIfCroatian
Croatian form of NANCY.
NEO (1)f & mSouthern African, Tswana
Means "gift" in Tswana, a derivative of naya "to give".
NEO (2)mVarious
From the prefix meaning "new", ultimately derived from Greek νεος (neos).
NEOFITmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of NEOPHYTOS.
NEOFYTOSmGreek
Modern Greek form of NEOPHYTOS.
NEOPHYTOSmAncient Greek
Greek name meaning "newly planted", from a word which was derived from νεος (neos) "new" and φυτον (phyton) "plant".
NEOPTOLEMUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Νεοπτολεμος (Neoptolemos) meaning "new war", derived from νεος (neos) "new" and πολεμος (polemos) "war". In Greek legend this was the name of the son of Achilles, brought into the Trojan War because it was prophesied the Greeks could not win it unless he was present. After the war he was slain by Orestes fighting over Hermione.
NEPHELEfGreek Mythology
From Greek νεφος (nephos) meaning "cloud". In Greek legend Nephele was created from a cloud by Zeus, who shaped the cloud to look like Hera in order to trick Ixion, a mortal who desired her. Nephele was the mother of the centaurs by Ixion, and was also the mother of Phrixus and Helle by Athamus.
NEPHTHYSfEgyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian Nebt-Het meaning "lady of the house", derived from Egyptian nbt "lady" and hwt "house". This was the name of an Egyptian goddess associated with the air, death and mourning. She was wife of the desert god Seth.
NEPTUNEmRoman Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Latin Neptunus, which is of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Indo-European root *nebh "wet, damp, clouds". Neptune was the god of the sea in Roman mythology, approximately equivalent to the Greek god Poseidon. This is also the name of the eighth planet in the solar system.
NEREfBasque
Means "mine" in Basque.
NEREAfBasque
Variant of NERE.
NEREIDAfSpanish
Derived from Greek Νηρειδες (Nereides) meaning "nymphs, sea sprites", ultimately derived from the name of the Greek sea god NEREUS, who supposedly fathered them.
NEREOmItalian
Italian form of NEREUS.
NEREUSmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Derived from Greek νηρος (neros) meaning "water". In Greek myth this was the name of a god of the sea, the father of the Nereids. It is mentioned briefly in the New Testament, belonging to a Christian in Rome. This was also the name of a Roman saint of the 1st century, a member of the army, who was martyred with his companion Achilleus because they refused to execute Christians.
NERGİSfTurkish
Means "daffodil, narcissus flower" in Turkish, ultimately derived from Greek (see NARCISSUS).
NERGÜIm & fMongolian
Means "no name" in Mongolian. This name was traditionally given in order to mislead bad spirits.
NERIAHmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lamp of YAHWEH" in Hebrew, from נִיר (nir) meaning "lamp, light" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of the father of Baruch in the Old Testament.
NERIDAfIndigenous Australian
Possibly means "water lily" in an Australian Aboriginal language.
NERINAfItalian
Feminine form of NERIO.
NERIOmItalian
Possibly a variant of NEREO.
NERISSAfLiterature
Created by Shakespeare for a character in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). He possibly took it from Greek Νηρεις (Nereis) meaning "nymph, sea sprite", ultimately derived from the name of the Greek sea god NEREUS, who supposedly fathered them.
NERMİNfTurkish
Means "soft" in Turkish.
NERO (1)mAncient Roman
Roman cognomen, which was probably of Sabine origin meaning "strong, vigourous". It was borne most infamously by a tyrannical Roman emperor of the 1st century.
NERO (2)mItalian
Short form of RANIERO.
NERSESmArmenian
Armenian form of Narseh (see NARSES). Saint Nerses was a 4th-century patriarch of the Armenian Church.
NERTHUSfGermanic Mythology
Latinized form of Nerþuz, the Germanic (feminine) equivalent of Njörðr (see NJORD). Nerthus was a Germanic goddess of fertility as described by the Roman historian Tacitus in the 1st century.
NERVAmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from Latin nervus "strength". This is the name by which the 1st-century Roman emperor Marcus Cocceius Nerva is commonly known.
NERYSfWelsh
Perhaps an elaboration of Welsh ner "lord", with the intended meaning of "lady".
NESfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of AGNES.
NESİMm & fTurkish
Turkish form of NASIM.
NESKEfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish diminutive of AGNES.
NESRİNfTurkish
Turkish form of NASRIN.
NESS (1)fIrish Mythology
Anglicized form of NEAS.
NESS (2)fEnglish
Short form of VANESSA.
NESSA (1)fEnglish
Short form of VANESSA and other names ending in nessa.
NESSA (2)fHebrew (Rare)
Means "miracle" in Hebrew.
NESSA (3)fIrish, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of NEASA.
NESTfWelsh
Welsh diminutive of AGNES.
NESTAfWelsh
Welsh diminutive of AGNES.
NESTANfGeorgian
From the first part of NESTAN-DAREJAN.
NESTAN-DAREJANfLiterature
Created by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for a character in his 12th-century epic 'The Knight in the Panther's Skin'. Rustaveli derived it from the Middle Persian phrase نیست اندر جهان (nist andar jahan) meaning "unlike any other in the world" or "unique". In the poem Nestan-Darejan is a princess loved by Tariel.
NESTANIfGeorgian
From the second part of NESTAN-DAREJAN.
NESTORmGreek Mythology, Russian
Means "homecoming" in Greek. In Homer's 'Iliad' this was the name of the king of Pylos, famous for his great wisdom and longevity, who acted as a counselor to the Greek allies.
NESTOREmItalian
Italian form of NESTOR.
NESTORImFinnish
Finnish form of NESTOR.
NETAfHebrew
Means "plant, shrub" in Hebrew.
NETHANEELmBiblical
Form of NATHANAEL used in some versions of the Old Testament.
NETHANELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of NATHANAEL, also used in some versions of the English-language Old Testament.
NETHANIAHmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH has given" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Ishmael (the assassin of Gedaliah), as well as other minor characters.
NETTA (1)fEnglish
Short form of names ending in netta.
NETTA (2)fHebrew
Variant transcription of NETA.
NETTIEfEnglish
Diminutive of names ending in nette, such as ANNETTE or JEANETTE.
NEUSfCatalan
Catalan cognate of NIEVES.
NEVAfEnglish
Short form of GENEVA.
NEVADAfEnglish
From the name of the American state, which means "snow-capped" in Spanish.
NEVAEHfEnglish (Modern)
The word heaven spelled backwards. It became popular after the musician Sonny Sandoval from the rock group P.O.D. gave it to his daughter in 2000.
NEVANmIrish
Anglicized form of NAOMHÁN.
NEVEfIrish
Anglicized form of NIAMH.
NEVENmCroatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Masculine form of NEVENA.
NEVENAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from South Slavic neven meaning "marigold".
NEVESfPortuguese
Portuguese form of NIEVES.
NEVILLEmEnglish (British)
From an English surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "new town" in Norman French. As a given name it is chiefly British and Australian.
NEVIOmItalian
Italian form of the Roman family name Naevius, which was derived from Latin naevus "mole (on the body)". A famous bearer was the 3rd-century BC Roman poet Gnaeus Naevius.
NEVRAfTurkish
Turkish form of NAWRA.
NEWTmEnglish
Short form of NEWTON.
NEWTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "new town" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the English physicist Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
NEŽAfSlovene
Slovene form of AGNES.
NEZİHmTurkish
Turkish form of NAZIH.
NEZİHEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of NAZIH.
NGẢImVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (ngải) meaning "sagebrush, wormwood".
NGAIOfMaori
Maori name which is derived from the name of a type of tree, also called the mousehole tree. This name was borne by New Zealand crime writer Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982).
NGAIREfMaori
Possibly means "flaxen" in Maori.
NGAWANGm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "powerful speech" in Tibetan, from ངག (ngag) meaning "speech" and དབང (dbang) meaning "power, force".
NGỌCf & mVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (ngọc) meaning "jade, precious stone, gem".
NGOZIf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
NGUYÊNmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (nguyên) meaning "original, first".
NGUYỆTfVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (nguyệt) meaning "moon".
NHUNGf & mVietnamese
Means "velvet" in Vietnamese.
NIA (1)fWelsh
Welsh form of NIAMH.
NIA (2)fEastern African, Swahili
Means "purpose" in Swahili.
NIA (3)fEnglish, Georgian
Short form of ANTONIA, SIDONIA and other names ending in nia.
NIALLmIrish, Scottish
Original Gaelic spelling of NEIL.
NIAMHfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "bright" in Irish. She was the daughter of the sea god in Irish legends. She fell in love with the poet Oisín, son of Fionn.
NICmEnglish
Short form of NICHOLAS, or sometimes DOMINIC.
NICANORmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Νικανωρ (Nikanor), which was derived from νικη (nike) "victory". This name was borne by several notable officers from ancient Macedon.
NICCOLÒmItalian
Italian form of NICHOLAS. A famous bearer was Niccolò Machiavelli, a 16th-century political philosopher from Florence.
NICHOLASmEnglish
From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and λαος (laos) "people". Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, as well as Greece and Russia. He formed the basis for the figure known as Santa Claus (created in the 19th century from Dutch Sinterklaas), the bringer of Christmas presents.... [more]
NIĈJOmEsperanto
Esperanto diminutive of NICHOLAS.
NICKmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of NICHOLAS.
NICKYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NICOmItalian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of NICHOLAS (or sometimes NICODEMUS).
NICODÈMEmFrench
French form of NICODEMUS.
NICODEMOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NICODEMUS.
NICODEMUSmBiblical, Biblical Latin
From the Greek name Νικοδημος (Nikodemos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and δημος (demos) "the people". This is the name of a character in the New Testament who helps Joseph of Arimathea entomb Jesus.
NICOL (1)mScottish, Medieval English
Medieval English and Scottish form of NICHOLAS. This was the middle name of character in the novel 'Rob Roy' (1817) by Sir Walter Scott.
NICOL (2)fDutch, German, Czech
Dutch, German and Czech variant of NICOLE.
NICOLA (1)mItalian
Italian form of NICHOLAS. A notable bearer was the 13th-century sculptor Nicola Pisano.
NICOLA (2)fGerman, Czech, English
Latinate feminine form of NICHOLAS. In the English-speaking world this name is more common outside of America, where Nicole is more usual.
NICOLAASmDutch
Dutch form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLAEmRomanian
Romanian form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLAOmItalian (Rare)
Italian variant form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLAOSmGreek
Variant transcription of NIKOLAOS.
NICOLÁSmSpanish
Spanish form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLASmFrench
French form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLASAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLAUmPortuguese, Galician, Catalan
Portuguese, Galician and Catalan form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLAUSmGerman, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Nikolaos (see NICHOLAS). This form is also used in Germany as a variant of NIKOLAUS.
NICOLEfFrench, English, Dutch, German
French feminine form of NICHOLAS, commonly used in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century. A famous bearer is American-Australian actress Nicole Kidman (1967-).
NICOLETfDutch
Dutch feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLETAfRomanian
Romanian feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLETTAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of NICOLA (1).
NICOLETTEfFrench
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NICOLINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of NICOLA (1).
NICOLINEfDutch
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NICOLÒmItalian
Italian variant form of NICHOLAS.
NICOMEDEmItalian
Italian form of NIKOMEDES.
NICTEfNative American, Mayan
Means "flower" in Mayan.
NICUmRomanian
Diminutive of NICOLAE.
NICUȘORmRomanian
Diminutive of NICOLAE.
NİDAfTurkish
Turkish form of NIDA.
NIDAfArabic, Urdu
Means "call, proclaim" in Arabic.
NIDIAfSpanish
Variant of NYDIA.
NIEKmDutch
Diminutive of NICOLAAS.
NIELS (1)mDanish
Danish form of NICHOLAS. A famous bearer was Niels Bohr (1885-1962), a Danish physicist who investigated the structure of atoms.
NIELS (2)mDutch
Dutch short form of CORNELIUS.
NIENKEfFrisian
Frisian diminutive of KATHERINE.
NIEVESfSpanish
Means "snows" in Spanish, derived from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves meaning "Our Lady of the Snows".
NÎGAfKurdish
Means "sight" in Kurdish.
NIGELmEnglish
From Nigellus, a medieval Latinized form of NEIL. It was commonly associated with Latin niger "black". It was revived in the 19th century, perhaps in part due to Sir Walter Scott's novel 'The Fortunes of Nigel' (1822).
NIGELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of NIGEL.
NIGULmEstonian
Estonian form of NICHOLAS.
NIILOmFinnish
Finnish form of NICHOLAS.
NIINAfFinnish
Short form of ANNIINA.
NIKA (1)f & mRussian
Russian short form of VERONIKA and other names ending in nika. It can also be a short form of NIKITA (1) (masculine).
NIKA (3)mGeorgian
Diminutive of NIKOLOZ.
NIKANDROSmAncient Greek
Means "victory of a man" from the Greek elements νικη (nike) "victory" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). This was the name of a 2nd-century BC Greek poet and grammarian.
NIKAUmMaori
From the name of a type of palm tree found in New Zealand (species Rhopalostylis sapida).
NIKEfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Means "victory" in Greek. Nike was the Greek goddess of victory.
NIKEISHAfAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the name prefix Ni and the name KEISHA.
NIKEPHOROSm & fAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "carrying victory" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and φερω (phero) "to carry, to bear". This name was borne by several Byzantine emperors, including the 10th-century Nikephoros II Phokas. Besides being a masculine personal name, it was also a title borne by the goddess Athena.
NIKETASmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νικητης (niketes) meaning "winner, victor". Saint Niketas was a 4th-century bishop of Remesiana in Serbia. He is a patron saint of Romania.
NIKHILmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil
Means "whole, entire" in Sanskrit.
NIKHILAfIndian, Telugu, Hindi
Feminine form of NIKHIL.
NIKI (1)fGreek
Modern Greek form of NIKE.
NIKI (2)fEnglish
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NIKIASmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νικη (nike) meaning "victory". This was the name of an Athenian general who fought in the Peloponnesian war.
NIKICAmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian diminutive of NIKOLA (1).
NIKIFORmRussian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Russian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of NIKEPHOROS.
NIKITA (1)mRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Russian form of NIKETAS. This form is also used in Ukrainian and Belarusian alongside the more traditional forms Mykyta and Mikita.
NIKITA (2)fIndian, Marathi, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit निकेत (niketa) meaning "house, habitation".
NIKITHAfIndian, Telugu, Tamil
Southern Indian variant of NIKITA (2).
NIKKIfEnglish
Diminutive of NICOLE.
NIKLAUSmGerman (Swiss)
Swiss German form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOmFinnish, Croatian, Slovene, Georgian, German
Finnish form of NICHOLAS, as well as a Croatian, Slovene, Georgian and German short form.
NIKODEMmPolish
Polish form of NICODEMUS.
NIKODIMmRussian
Russian form of NICODEMUS.
NIKOLfCzech, Bulgarian
Czech and Bulgarian form of NICOLE.
NIKOLA (2)fGerman, Polish, Czech, Slovak
German, Polish, Czech and Slovak feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAASmDutch
Dutch form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAImRussian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of NIKOLAY.
NIKOLAJmDanish, Slovene
Danish and Slovene form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAJSmLatvian
Latvian form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAOmEsperanto
Esperanto form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAOSmAncient Greek, Greek
Original Greek form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAUSmGerman
German form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAYmRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of NICHOLAS. A notable bearer was the Russian novelist Nikolay Gogol (1809-1852).
NIKOLČEmMacedonian
Macedonian diminutive of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLCHEmMacedonian
Variant transcription of NIKOLČE.
NIKOLEfBasque, English
Basque form of NICOLE, as well as an English variant.
NIKOLETAfGreek
Greek feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLETTfHungarian
Hungarian form of NICOLETTE.
NIKOLETTAfHungarian, Greek
Hungarian and Greek form of NICOLETTA.
NIKOLINAfBulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLOZmGeorgian
Georgian form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOMACHOSmAncient Greek
Means "battle of victory" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and μαχη (mache) "battle".
NIKOMEDESmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to plan". This was the name of a 1st-century saint, a priest beaten to death for refusing to worship the Roman gods.
NIKONmAncient Greek, Russian
Derived from Greek νικη (nike) meaning "victory".
NIKORAm & fMaori
Maori form of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NIKOSmGreek
Greek short form of NIKOLAOS.
NIKOSTRATOSmAncient Greek
Means "army of victory" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and στρατος (stratos) "army". This was the name of a Roman saint martyred during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian.
NIKŠAmCroatian
Diminutive of NIKOLA (1).
NIKUSHAmGeorgian
Diminutive of NIKOLOZ.
NILAfTamil, Indian, Hindi
Means "dark blue" in Sanskrit.
NILAMf & mIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "dark blue, sapphire" in Sanskrit.
NILESmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name NEIL.
NILIfHebrew
Acronym of the phrase נצח ישׂראל לא ישׁקר (Netzach Yisrael Lo Yishaker) meaning "the eternity of Israel will not lie". This phrase appears in the Old Testament in Samuel 15:29. It was used as the name of a Jewish spy network in Palestine during World War I.
NILIMAfIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu
Means "dark blue" in Sanskrit.
NILOOFARfPersian
Means "water lily" in Persian.
NILOUFARfPersian
Variant transcription of NILOOFAR.
NILSmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of NICHOLAS.
NİLÜFERfTurkish
Turkish form of NILOFER.
NIMA (1)f & mArabic
Means "blessing" in Arabic.
NIMA (2)mPersian
Possibly means "just, fair" in Persian.
NIMATf & mArabic
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of NIMA (1).
NİMETfTurkish
Turkish form of NIMAT.
NIMRODmBiblical
Meaning unknown, possibly of Akkadian origin or possibly meaning "rebel" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Nimrod is a renowned hunter, the great-grandson of Noah. He was the founder of Babylon.... [more]
NIMUEfArthurian Romance
Meaning unknown. In Arthurian legends this is the name of a sorceress, also known as the Lady of the Lake, Vivien, or Niniane. Various versions of the tales have Merlin falling in love with her and becoming imprisoned by her magic. She first appears in the medieval French 'Lancelot-Grail' cycle.
NINA (1)fRussian, Italian, English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Polish, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names that end in nina, such as ANTONINA or GIANNINA. It was imported to Western Europe from Russia and Italy in the 19th century. This name also nearly coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NINA (2)fNative American, Quechua, Aymara
Means "fire" in Quechua and Aymara.
NINA (3)fRussian
Russian form of NINO (2).
NINADmIndian, Marathi
Means "sound, hum" in Sanskrit.
NINEfFrisian
Frisian short form of KATHERINE.
NINELfRussian
Reversal of the name Lenin. Lenin was the founder of the former Soviet state. This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
NINETTEfFrench
Diminutive of NINA (1).
NINGf & mChinese
From Chinese (níng) meaning "peaceful, calm, serene", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
NINGALfSumerian Mythology
Means "great lady", from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and 𒃲 (gal) meaning "big, great". This was the name of a goddess of reeds in Sumerian mythology. She was the daughter of Enki and the wife of Nanna.
NINHURSAGfSumerian Mythology
Means "lady of the mountain", from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and 𒉺𒂅 (hursaĝ) meaning "mountain". This was the name of the Sumerian mother and fertility goddess, the primary consort of Enki.
NINIANmScottish, Irish, Ancient Celtic
Meaning unknown. It appears in a Latinized form Niniavus, which could be from the Welsh name NYNNIAW. This was the name of a 5th-century British saint who was apparently responsible for many miracles and cures. He is known as the Apostle to the Picts.
NINLILfSumerian Mythology
Derived from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and possibly 𒆤 (lil) meaning "wind". This was the name of a Sumerian goddess, the consort of Enlil.
NINO (1)mItalian
Short form of GIANNINO, ANTONINO, and other names ending in nino.
NINO (2)fGeorgian
Meaning unknown, possibly from a Greek feminine form of NINOS. Saint Nino (sometimes called Nina) was a Greek-speaking woman from Asia Minor who introduced Christianity to Georgia in the 4th century.
NINONfFrench
French diminutive of ANNE (1).
NINOSmAncient Assyrian (Hellenized)
Probably from the name of the ancient city of NINEVEH in Assyria. According to Greek historians this was the name of the husband of Semiramis and the founder of Nineveh. In actuality he does not correspond to any known Assyrian king, and is likely a composite character named after the city.
NINOSLAVmSerbian, Croatian, Medieval Slavic
From a Slavic element, possibly nyni "now", combined with slava "glory".
NINSUNfSumerian Mythology
From Sumerian nin-sumun-a(k) meaning "lady of the wild cow", derived from 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and the genitive form of 𒄢 (sumun) meaning "wild cow". In Sumerian mythology Ninsun was the divine mother of Gilgamesh.
NINURTAmSumerian Mythology, Semitic Mythology
Derived from Sumerian 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lord" and 𒅁 (urta) meaning "ear of barley". In Sumerian and Akkadian mythology Ninurta was a god of agriculture, hunting and healing, later associated with war. He was also called Ningirsu, though they may have originally been separate deities.
NIOBEfGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek mythology Niobe was the daughter of Tantalos, a king of Asia Minor. Because she boasted that she was superior to Leto, Leto's children Apollo and Artemis killed her 14 children with poison arrows. In grief, Niobe was turned to stone by Zeus.
NIOCLÁSmIrish
Irish form of NICHOLAS.
NIRmHebrew
Means "plowed field" in Hebrew.
NIRAJmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Nepali
Means "water-born, lotus" in Sanskrit.
NIRAVmIndian, Gujarati, Marathi
Means "quiet, silent" in Sanskrit.
NIRMALmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Nepali
Means "clean, pure" in Sanskrit.
NIRUPAMAfIndian, Hindi, Kannada
Means "unequaled, matchless" in Sanskrit.
NISHANTmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "night's end, dawn" in Sanskrit.
NISHATm & fArabic, Bengali
Means "energetic, lively" in Arabic.
NISSAfHebrew
Means "sign" in Hebrew.
NITA (1)fEnglish
Short form of ANITA (1) and other names ending in nita.
NITA (2)fNative American, Choctaw
Means "bear" in Choctaw.
NITHINmIndian, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Southern Indian variant of NITIN.
NITHYAfTamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam
Southern Indian form of NITYA.
NITIKAfIndian, Hindi
From Sanskrit नीति (niti) meaning "guidance, moral conduct".
NITINmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada
From Sanskrit नीति (niti) meaning "guidance, moral conduct".
NITYAf & mIndian, Hindi
Means "always, eternal" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form नित्या (an epithet of the Hindu goddess Durga) and the masculine form नित्य.
NITZAfHebrew
Strictly feminine variant of NITZAN.
NITZANm & fHebrew
Means "flower bud" in Hebrew.
NIUSHAfPersian
Means "good listener" in Persian.
NIVmHebrew
Means either "speech, expression" or "fang, tusk" in Hebrew.
NIVENmScottish
Anglicized form of NAOMHÁN.
NIVESfItalian, Croatian
Italian form of NIEVES.
NIVIARSIAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "girl" in Greenlandic. This is the name of a variety of flower that grows on Greenland.
NIZARmArabic
Perhaps from Arabic نزير (nazir) meaning "little".
NIZHONIfNative American, Navajo
Means "beautiful" from Navajo nizhóní.
NJÅLmNorwegian
Norwegian form of NJÁLL.
NJÁLAfIcelandic
Icelandic feminine form of NJÁLL.
NJÁLLmNorse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse form of Niall (see NEIL). This is the name of the hero of a 13th century Icelandic saga, based on the life of a 10th-century Icelandic chieftain.